THEME: ALCOHOL ABUSE
Genesis 9:20-27 NIV
“Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked. When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, he said, “Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.” He also said, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem. May God extend Japheth’s territory; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”
-Alcohol abuse or alcohol use disorder involves a pattern of alcohol use that typically includes craving and manifestations of tolerance and/or withdrawal along with adverse psychosocial consequences. Alcoholism and alcohol abuse are common but less rigorously defined terms applied to people with problems related to alcohol. The law of first mentions points us to Noah in the Bible who planted vineyards after the flood. One day when he got drunk and lay naked, his youngest son Ham saw him naked and told his brothers about it. Japheth and Shem showed respect to their dad and covered him without looking. When Ham was cursed, Shem and Japheth were blessed. Alcoholism has diverse effects to the users. Some become addicted gradually, they engage in illicit behavior, and others become sick leading to depression and eventually death. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 reminds us that our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit Who is in us, so we should honor God with our bodies and take care. Further, that Christ purchased us at a price and our bodies belong to Him.
Dear Lord Jesus our God and our Friend we thank You and praise You. Thank You for Your finished work on the cross that You sacrificed Your life for the sake of our salvation. What greater love than to lay down one’s life for a friend. Thank You Jesus for loving us and for Your unending grace upon us. May You forgive us all our trespasses and wash us with Your precious blood. May You remove all accusations against us in the court of heaven our Righteous Judge. May You remember all those who are addicted to alcohol and drugs, that You may deliver them. May Your hand of mercy heal all those who are affected by various kinds of addictions. May You merciful Savior heal all those who are sick and suffering. May You guide our government and all leaders in Your divine wisdom. May You go ahead of us this entire week and guide us through precious Holy Spirit. Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
Further reading: Galatians 5:19-21